It's a scene of picture perfect suburbia, a sprawling new
development on Melbourne's fringes where young couples flock
to buy affordable new homes.
The image is in stark contrast to the horror discovered at
one of the shiny Point Cook homes in Melbourne's southwest
late on Saturday where neighbours were shocked to find police
had uncovered a woman's remains.
Police have confirmed they believe the body is missing
22-year-old Sarah Cafferkey and are treating the case as a
Police and forensics officers today scoured the single storey
home which neighbours say is rented.
Sweta Sheth, a neighbour who moved in with her husband and
baby six weeks ago, said the couple often saw a man working
in his garage in the rented property.
"Just doing stuff in the garage. Nothing out of the ordinary
that you would suspect," she told AAP.
"He was just a normal Aussie bloke."
Ms Sheth said a yellow car had been parked outside the home,
rather than in the garage since the couple moved in.
"That car has been outside since we moved in. It's just been
there," she said.
Most people in the sapling-lined street owned their houses in
the new development and news of the murder had come as a
"It is (scary) because we just moved in," she said.
Neighbours had reported hearing power tools and parties at
the home but Ms Sheth said the area was pin-drop silent.
Ms Cafferkey, of Bacchus Marsh, who suffers from a rare
asthma-related illness, was last seen by her family on
Her 2001 Astra sedan was found parked in Maribyrnong, western
Melbourne, about 50km away from her home last Thursday night.
Homicide detectives took over the investigation after it
emerged her car was in a location unfamiliar to her family,
and that her bank account had not been accessed since her
Police on Saturday executed a search warrant at a home in
Fongeo Drive, Point Cook, where they found human remains.
The property is about 50km southeast of Bacchus Marsh.